The free parking slot drivers in Redbridge will be given where parking is controlled is to double from 30 mins to an hour, the council has announced in a move which it says will support local shops.
Additionally, coin parking machines across the borough are to phased in out in favour of the RingGo system or contactless payments.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, said the one-hour free parking gwould benefit residents and business.
He said: “We are committed to supporting residents and local businesses and by doubling the free parking allowance on Redbridge high streets to an hour, it will make it much easier for people to visit our local shops and help businesses grow. This will be a real boost for our high streets and help revitalise the local economy whilst making sure there is still a good level of turnover in parking bays – giving as many people as possible the opportunity to use parking spaces to pop to the shops.”
On-street parking controls were introduced in Wanstead at the start of 2018 following a long period of dispute and debate. It is not known if Redbridge has undertaken any assessment of the impact on shops, but anecdotally it would appear that in Wanstead the restrictions have made it somewhat more possible to park for short periods during the day.
And the traditional opening big event for the Fringe – the Duke Street Party – is going to be everything we have come to expect: great music, food and company really getting things off to a magnificent start.
All the first day’s events are as follows (including tonight’s eve-of-fringe Stargazing):
This year’s Wanstead Fringe, which begins on Saturday, has live music for most tastes. Sadly there’s no thrash metal madrigals this year, but most other genres are covered, from classical recitals to jazz to folk to acoustic singer-songwriters. Details of all the events are below – some require tickets to be bought, but others are free.
The full programme for the 2019 Wanstead Fringe has now been unveiled, and is being distributed all over Wanstead, Snaresbrook and Aldersbrook. Already tickets are selling furiously and some events have even sold out.
As in previous years, the Fringe is a combination of comedy, live music, masterclasses about food and photography; there’s the Jumble Trail, the open air Kinema, and the centrepiece of the whole Fringe, live professional theatre.
There are three plays on this year – with The Border promising to be an uncannily timely production. When the programme was being put together it looked like there would be a degree of certainty around our national boundaries, but now, well who knows what’s going to happen. The play is going to be right on the button – and you can get tickets below. If you know or have children 13+, do them a favour and plan your outing now.
Wansteadium reader Ali O’Riordan found this poor fella adrift in Wanstead Park – one of Wanstead’s few remaining hedgehogs. He was in some distress so she took him to get veterinary help and was told he had been burned at some point.
As ever, all hog sightings are welcome. And remember, they should not normally be seen during the day, so if they are visible do look out for signs of distress.